Sydney trams in blue

 
  Matthew Train Controller









2001 won't be in blue for much longer, earlier in the year we won a heritage grant to restore 2001 to 'proper' Sydney Green and Cream. Shortly after these photos 2001 was transferred to the workshop for work to begin in earnest. Some preparation has already been done, the air-force coat-of-arms has already been rubbed back.

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  themetptc Junior Train Controller

Location: Ballarat
Great photos. Such a shame 2001 will lose its very attractive and different blue livery and end up just another green & cream tram.
So grateful & thankful to the forward thinking folk at STM for preserving a Variotram. It may be considered too modern for some, but it is/does represent an important part of tramway history for Sydney.
Likewise for them preserving a Melbourne Z2 for the same reasons just mentioned, but for Melbourne.
Cheers
Sim
  route14 Chief Commissioner

By comparing the power consumption between tram 1041 and Variotram, does it mean Sydney Tramway Museum once kept 1041?  Unfortunately it's now kept by Hawthorn Depot, dead.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

These interesting posts from Trams DownUnder:
https://tdu.to/m/265683/raaf-trams-in-melbourne-and-sydney
https://tdu.to/m/141655/missing-photo-sw6-number-923

I used to see the Melbourne tram trundling along Malvern Road, near Orrong Road, occasionally. The roundels and the dash canopy lighting drew attention to it at night. Route 7 is now Route 72; the same, except for the extension of the City terminus from Franklin Street to Melbourne University. Not sure about the functionality of the Safety Zone.
  M636C Minister for Railways

These interesting posts from Trams DownUnder:
https://tdu.to/m/265683/raaf-trams-in-melbourne-and-sydney
https://tdu.to/m/141655/missing-photo-sw6-number-923

I used to see the Melbourne tram trundling along Malvern Road, near Orrong Road, occasionally. The roundels and the dash canopy lighting drew attention to it at night. Route 7 is now Route 72; the same, except for the extension of the City terminus from Franklin Street to Melbourne University. Not sure about the functionality of the Safety Zone.
kitchgp
I assume the RAAF Recruiting trams were associated with the Korean War.
I was pleased to have the two cars at the War Memorial. I live only a block away from the Memorial, and those are still the closest operating trams (only on a trailing cable) to my home to date.

Of course we didn't expect to get real trams in Canberra in those days.
Perhaps some historic trams can be modified to operate on the higher voltage and run on the main system at weekends.

Peter
  Matthew Train Controller

By comparing the power consumption between tram 1041 and Variotram, does it mean Sydney Tramway Museum once kept 1041?  Unfortunately it's now kept by Hawthorn Depot, dead.
route14
2107 has a lower maximum power draw than PCC1014. The 3 phase traction drive system is very efficient and the drive computer is programmed to automatically power limit as the line voltage drops.

I don't know how the weight and starting currents compare between the genuine article (San Fran PCC 1014) and the MMTB version in 1041. PCC1014 is one 'hungry' car. The PCC wasn't designed for economy, it was designed for performance and was certainly best of type back when originally designed.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

Oh, I got them mixed up.  When I had a look at 1041 at Hawthorn Depot I was wondering, it's rated power is 4 * 44 kW, why would you compare it with 2107 (8 * 45 kW).
  Matthew Train Controller

Great photos. Such a shame 2001 will lose its very attractive and different blue livery and end up just another green & cream tram.
themetptc

I rather like the two-tone blue too, as do many others.

However the RAAF livery isn't actually historically accurate, it's fantasy.

The car is being restored to 'proper' post war R1 colours. Eventually it will get the Melbourne bogies replaced with Sydney ones as well and become a proper post war R1.

The other 'federation line' car, W2-249 has just finished being returned to 'proper' MMTB colours. R1-2001 was next in line after the W2.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

I assume the RAAF Recruiting trams were associated with the Korean War.
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M636C
The Korean War effectively ended in 1953, although technically it’s still going. The Melbourne tram (1954 photo) is promoting recruitment for the Citizen Air Force (CAF), now RAAF Reserve. As shown on the side, it is for No. 21 (City of Melbourne) Squadron:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._21_Squadron_RAAF
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
It would have been nice to give the Federation line cars a run along the Canberra light rail line.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Great photos Matthew of two generations of Sydney tram in blue. It's great that you have a Variotram preserved.
  Matthew Train Controller

Great photos Matthew of two generations of Sydney tram in blue. It's great that you have a Variotram preserved.
GeoffreyHansen
2107 has been moved to the running shed so that it's near the pit - work is starting on reprofiling the wheels. A complex job, as it has to be done 'in situ', but thanks to Transport Heritage NSW, this is now moving forward.
2107 moved from the storage shed to the running shed pit road under it's own power. It's pretty well completely operational. There are 'nagglies' which probably come down to lack of use more than anything else, but it can move about on it's own.

2001 is being restored to be an example of a 'post war R1'. The Variotram was the next type of Sydney tram after the post war R1 variant.

If the Sydney trams had not totally closed (say the La Perouse route core down ANZAC parade had survived) I wonder if the post war R1s would have made it to 1997...
  route14 Chief Commissioner

Good news.  Any progress on its air-conditioning, missing window and the overhead?
  Matthew Train Controller

Good news.  Any progress on its air-conditioning, missing window and the overhead?
route14
The air-conditioniong is too expensive to get overhauled. Finding a cheaper means of repair is a low priority task. The broken window has been replaced. Overhead work is still a 'work in progress', however the yard has been fixed for pantograph operation and trams with pantographs can run out of the yard into 'depot main'. They can't proceed onto the 'mainline' however.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

Makes sense.  It would probably draw a huge power bill if it was functioning.  I've heard that in the government tram days the Melbourne network payed as little as a symbolic 200 dollars per month for power.  Less likely nowadays for either PT nor heritage operation.

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